On November 30th, 2010, the PCH Prize Patrol surprised it's newest $1 Million Sweepstakes winner in Grand Ledge Michigan. The Prize Patrol woke up bright and early to gather roses, champagne, balloons, the signature big check, and meet with local Michigan media in preparation for the much anticipated million dollar winning moment. The way the morning began, you would have had no idea that this sweepstakes winner, who won with an online entry, would be so hard to track down!
The Prize Patrol arrived at Julie Laughlin’s house along with local media right on schedule. The crowd rushed to the door with video cameras rolling ready to capture the big reaction, just to find that…Julie wasn’t home! Moving on to plan B, the crowd knocked on a neighbor’s door looking for help in tracking her down. Luckily, the Prize Patrol met neighbor Kathy Feighner who was the perfect accomplice! Kathy offered a phone book to find relatives, gathered other neighbors for help, and her daughter even made us delicious hot chocolate as we waited in the cold! After 2 hours of investigation filled with endless phone calls, dead ends, and a few hang ups, it was finally discovered that Julie was an hour away visiting a family member in the hospital. Luckily, Julie’s son Ben convinced her to come home immediately.
After 3 hours of waiting in anticipation, Julie Laughlin pulled up to her house to find a crowd of family, friends, her grandchildren, neighbors, cocker spaniel, and the Prize Patrol holding an oversized $1 Million Dollar Publishers Clearing House Check! Julie was overwhelmed with emotion, crying tears of joy and hugging her loving family. She told us that the money couldn’t have come at a better time as she was on the verge of losing her home! Julie plans on using her newfound fortune by paying bills, paying her friend back who helped her financially last month and of course buying Christmas presents for her three beautiful grandsons. Once on the verge of losing her house in Grand Ledge Michigan, Julie Laughlin now has plans of adding on!
Julie Laughlin was tough to get a hold of that day, but she certainly was worth the 3 hour chilly wait. The team was touched to see how deeply Julie was loved by her friends and family. Everyone kept telling us that Julie Laughlin was special and the money couldn’t have gone to a nicer person. Her tearful winning moment reaction didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.